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I'm considering purchasing a travel trailer which will be 6500lbs fully loaded. It has 750 lbs of tongue weight and will be towed with a weight distributing hitch.

Has anyone tried towing a similar trailer long distances? How did your truck do?

Thanks,
John
 

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Search other posts as there is good discussion on towing. Just my opinion, the truck is fantastic for lighter travel trailers and similar. The truck is absolutely rated for what you are thinking of doing. However, again, only my opinion, infrequently pulling a 6500 pound travel trailer reasonably short distances, I would be ok with... say 300 miles one way. However, I would be much more comfortable with a bigger vehicle if I was going long distances or for frequent usage.
 

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I have a GMC Canyon and tow a 21 ft travel trailer with a GVWR of 5500 lbs. I frequently pull the trailer over mountain passes and am well satisfied with the towing performance. I think the main limiting factor is not so much the weight of the trailer but the GVWR of the truck. For the Canyon the GVWR is 6200 lbs. I have checked my weights using a CAT scale several times. When my trailer is fully loaded for an extended trip it weights around 5475 lbs. The hitch weight is 700 lbs and the weight of the truck is 6120 lbs. So I am still under the weight ratings but almost maxed out on the truck maximum weight rating.
 

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I have a GMC Canyon and tow a 21 ft travel trailer with a GVWR of 5500 lbs. I frequently pull the trailer over mountain passes and am well satisfied with the towing performance. I think the main limiting factor is not so much the weight of the trailer but the GVWR of the truck. For the Canyon the GVWR is 6200 lbs. I have checked my weights using a CAT scale several times. When my trailer is fully loaded for an extended trip it weights around 5475 lbs. The hitch weight is 700 lbs and the weight of the truck is 6120 lbs. So I am still under the weight ratings but almost maxed out on the truck maximum weight rating.
Is that a Lance 1685? I just bought one and I’m going to Cat Scales next week to make sure I’m good!
 

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"I think the main limiting factor is not so much the weight of the trailer but the GVWR of the truck."

hbaq066, good eye and can't say this too often. Especially for all of us mid sizers. But I do believe that this is the parameter that we can crowd most closely. As a winter birder I'm mindful of this (I changed from carrying ~200# of free weights to bands, for weight bearing exercise), but I've towed at near max GVWR for over 15000 miles on our 2018 CCLB Z71 with not only no problems, but comfortably.
 

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Is that a Lance 1685? I just bought one and I’m going to Cat Scales next week to make sure I’m good!
Yes....I've been towing the Lance 1685 for almost 2 years now. For me the trailer is a perfect match for the Canyon with the Duramax engine. I have at least a 25% safety factor on the max towing capacity of the truck which makes for easy towing. I'm usually around 1800 lbs below the trucks GCWR. I just have to be careful not to overload the truck bed with gear and exceed the truck GVWR.
 

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I have a 2018 Canyon, 2.8l baby Dmax and I tow 2018 Lance 1995 trailer.
I am currently 1900 miles into a 4000 mile trip.
Started in Reno NV, headed to Grand Tetons, now in Minnesota.
Truck is doing awesome.
Average mpg 14.8
Trans temp high was 206, that was pulling up some steep grades, Ave trans temp 179.
Speed 60 to 65. Worked the truck hard over last few days, lots of head and cross winds. Mostly 4 gear, sometimes would get into 5th. Tow haul mode always on.
Worst is when going 65 and semi passes me doing 80, I need to crowd right side of lane or I get sucked in.
Had to stay the night in Lusk WY, due to lots of snow.
 

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I am looking at travel trailers. I have been limiting my selection to those 7 ft wide or less. Slides are a bonus. Tandem axle a must. Electric brakes a must. I also like 4500 lbs or less and 650 young weight or less.
Since I am looking at retirement, and because the experience of dealers and mechanics on diesels has not been great with GMC, I do not want to 'push the envelope'.
would you adjust any of my thoughts?
 

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I started looking for a trailer to replace my RPod 177 and was looking at a NASH 23D. When I went to look at the trailer, it looked huge and actually weighed more than the published specs. Made me a bit nervous. Started looking at a Forest River Flagstaff MicroLite 21DS instead....a bit shorter and a bit lighter. Anyone out there have any experience towing that with their Colorado Diesel?
 

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I'm considering purchasing a travel trailer which will be 6500lbs fully loaded. It has 750 lbs of tongue weight and will be towed with a weight distributing hitch.

Has anyone tried towing a similar trailer long distances? How did your truck do?

Thanks,
John
On the door pillar at the bottom between front and back door is a silver sticker that says for a truck like mine (Z71 4 x 4) it says for safe towing 6200 pounds. My trucks maximum tow number is 7600 pounds and there is a rule of thumb that your tow maximum weight is at 20% less than the total maximum weight listed in the manual. So it is up to you if you think it is OK to tow over the safe limit then go ahead. WDH's don't allow you to put more than the max on the tongue it only spreads the weight you have both through the truck and through trailer. I can not afford to replace anything that might break down on my truck. I've been towing the trailer (21 foot Coachmen Apex) for over a year and the longest trip was around 1400 miles round trip including going over passes on I-5. I now have about 20,500 miles on my truck. Also to put in to consideration is what WDH you buy and use. The added weight of it goes into the factor on your tongue weight. Some weigh as little as 60 pounds (Andersen No Sway WDH) all the way up to about 180 pounds (Hensley WDH). Just be safe and have fun.
 

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I started looking for a trailer to replace my RPod 177 and was looking at a NASH 23D. When I went to look at the trailer, it looked huge and actually weighed more than the published specs. Made me a bit nervous. Started looking at a Forest River Flagstaff MicroLite 21DS instead....a bit shorter and a bit lighter. Anyone out there have any experience towing that with their Colorado Diesel?
Nice set up you have. I've always wondered if it could be done. The only problem is I don't think my wife could use the bed in one of those trailers. She's not too agile. I'm trading my trailer in next year for an Aliner A Frame (something simple and better mpg's).
 

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I am looking at travel trailers. I have been limiting my selection to those 7 ft wide or less. Slides are a bonus. Tandem axle a must. Electric brakes a must. I also like 4500 lbs or less and 650 young weight or less.
Since I am looking at retirement, and because the experience of dealers and mechanics on diesels has not been great with GMC, I do not want to 'push the envelope'.
would you adjust any of my thoughts?
You can tow up to 8 foot wide but it will require a change of mirrors. I tow a 21 foot Coachmen Apex and I replaced my mirrors to the Clearview towing mirrors like full size pickups have. I tried different things prior to these. These are made for the Holden Colorado's in Australia. They actually look good. I had the dealership install them. When towing you slide them out and when you are not just keep them in. I also have a Furrion rear view camera to see what is behind me.
 

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I'm considering purchasing a travel trailer which will be 6500lbs fully loaded. It has 750 lbs of tongue weight and will be towed with a weight distributing hitch.

Has anyone tried towing a similar trailer long distances? How did your truck do?

Thanks,
John
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been towing a 2019 Jayco X213 for a year now. Toured Arizona, been over many of the mountain passes in California and Oregon. Took a trip to Yellowstone in May.
fully loaded the trailer weighs about 5500 pounds and is 23 feet long.
Tows great and handled well. Truck worked very while traveling through the Columbia river gorge against a 20+ mph headwind . Mileage was shitty through that stretch and the engine was running about 3k rpm but otherwise was fine.
The Yellowstone trip was about 4k miles.
 
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